Update on the Construction Site at Ledward Barracks, Schweinfurt

Another trip to Schweinfurt, this time for a family celebration, had us pass by Ledward Barracks again. The corner of Niederwerrner Straße and Franz-Schubert-Straße looked very different, because several buildings have already been torn down.

Back in February 2015, the city of Schweinfurt purchased the areal from the Federal Republic of Germany. In December 2016, the city of Schweinfurt then sold it to the state of Bavaria. The state of Bavaria is now expanding its Würzburg university branch by adding another campus in Schweinfurt on the barracks grounds.

The demolition of the old buildings on Ledward Barracks will cost about euro 2.2 million, and was scheduled to be completed by June 2017. This is when construction of the new International Campus of the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt was originally due to begin.

As it is often the case in construction in Germany (and other places as well), things are taking longer than expected. There are a lot contaminated materials to be disposed of. Other building material will just get shredded, and some might be reused. Because of the heavy tanks used back then, part of the asphalt around the barracks is more than one meter in depth.

I took these photos of the former barracks just three days ago. Some buildings will remain; They plan on keeping the former Abrahms Club, the Court of Honor (Ehrenhof), and another building near the west gate, which is used for accommodating refugees, and on lease for the next five years.

 

The artillery barracks, the NCO Club, and the medical clinic are all gone.

 

 

 

Askren Manor, Schweinfurt in December 2017

While visiting family around the Schweinfurt area, we passed by Askren Manor housing today. This has turned into a ghost town.

An article from the Main-Post Newspaper from February 2017 had stated that 28 of the 34 apartment buildings would be demolished by the spring of 2018.  The design for the new German housing development includes room for 1600 residents.

We passed on the east side of Askren Manor (up ahead is the John-F-Kennedy-Ring), where nothing had been touched yet.

Once the plans for this new housing development have been carried out, there will be room for about 1600 new residents.

The State of Ledward Barracks, Schweinfurt, in May 2017

When I first saw these photos in its current state, I was a bit shocked. Not surprisingly though, reconstruction is underway, and my initial response in seeing this stripped and gutted was a bit of melancholy.

We used to party around that area in the late 1980s. Those were the glory days for us. 🙂

These photos were taken by Marion Zürl, and with her friendly permission, I get to share them here with you.

Conn Barracks Schweinfurt – 37th Armor in 1961

This video clip shows the 37th Armor at Conn Barracks in 1961.

(Video credits go to Hardy Hobbs)

Visit https://www.facebook.com/LedwardandConnBarracksSchweinfurt/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED&fref=nf for more about Conn Barracks and Ledward Barracks in Schweinfurt.

Plans for Askren Manor, Yorktown, and Kessler Field, Schweinfurt

The former U.S. military housing Askren Manor in Schweinfurt is getting an almost complete overhaul. Years of wear and tear, as well as asbestos (banned from usage in 1993) have left their marks.

Of the 36 blocks, six are supposed to remain and have a complete restoration done. The city of Schweinfurt plans on rebuilding a new housing area, complete with shopping facilities, kindergarten, and an elementary school (replacing the old school with its two gyms).

On Kessler Field, the former high school building, built around 1987/1988, got renovated about 10 years ago. Now it is being used by the International School Mainfranken (ISM) located in Kalifornienstrasse 1.

Then there is Yorktown housing, which has been sold off to private investors. Some of the semi-detached houses are being restored and up for sale.

Coming from Ledward on Niederwerrner Strasse

Coming from Ledward on Niederwerrner Strasse

For more about this, visit:  Konversion Schweinfurt – Askren Manor

Askren Manor and Kessler Field – Sold

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